AUSTIN (KXAN) - Less than a day after the University of Texas Board of Regentsapproved cost increases at all nine UT campuses for the fall 2010semester,
March 4 signals a day where students across the country willrally, march and strike for their education - incited by studentsand teachers in California who called for the National Day ofAction to Defend Education.
"Don’t miss the rally here at UT to defend education andsave the Cactus Cafe on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on theWest Mall," read an article in
The tuition hike and the relocation of the campus' iconic CactusCafe are just two of several issues that are not sitting well withmany at the UT campus.
And Thursday morning, the Facebook group
"We think it is important to use this opportunity to organizeourselves to join them in demanding a change to the state ofaffairs in Texas," said a posting by the Facebook group.
The Facebook group is a vehicle for the voices that said theybelieve UT is run in the interests of the bottom line rather thanin the interests of education. The group said it hopes the protestsends a message to University of Texas regents, who also meetThursday.
"We know that there are many people who care about these andother issues at UT, who have found the halls of power closed off tothem or have felt powerless to stop the decisions that are beingmade," the Facebook group stated. "We know that what is happeningin California may be a predictor of what will happen in Texas -unless we organize to stop it."
UT Austin undergraduates currently pay $4,468. With the 3.95percent increase and a $65 student approved fee, that cost would goup to $4,709. A further approval for fall 2011 would push that costto $4,892, an amount the school's president Bill Powers said wouldnot be enough for his campus.
Of the nine campuses, UT Austin will rank second highest fortotal academic costs in fall 2010. Only UT Dallas students wouldpay more with $5,109.
Speakers at the protest will represent faculty, students,graduate students, staff, the Texas State Employees Union, thePride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association, the InternationalSocialist Organization, !ella pella!, Third Coast Activist resourcecenter, and other student organizations.
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